Rachel Khoo


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November 13th, 2012

Ten Nice & surroundings picks

Emblem found on niçois chair.

Last week I was busy galavanting around Nice and region. Here are my ten picks (in no particular order):

1. Keisuke Matsushima

Amuse bouche: Filled deep fried ravioli, candied cherry tomato and fresh anchovies.

Japanese chef, Keisuke Matsushima combines his Japanese culinary heritage with local Niçois produce. Lunch menu during the week is a bargain at 28€ for 3 courses.

2. Canel confiseur

Marzipan fruits and other sweet treats in the window at Canel confiseur.

Worth the trip just to see the kitsch window display of marzipan, chocolates and sweets.

3. Pâtisserie Lac

Pâtisserie Lac

Beautiful cakes, chocolates and macaron. The perle cake is divine (white vanilla mousse with raspberry and strawberry coulis and sponge base).

4. Fennochio

Amarena cherry and tourte de blette (chard pie) ice cream.

THE ice cream place in Nice with a crazy amount of different flavours. Warning: don’t go for the tomato basil ice cream!

5. Fresh pasta

Fresh pasta shop.

There are numerous fresh pasta shops (where they make their own pasta) dotted around Nice. I tried plump little ravioli filled with ground beef and provincial herbs.

6. La Gauloise

This unassuming neighbourhood bistro serves simple seafood. Heaven for any seafood junkie!

7. Drive along the coast and visit Menton.

Drive from Nice to Menton.

The drive along the winding roads from Nice to Menton is beautiful (straight out of an old Hollywood movie). Menton is situated on the French/Italian border, a laidback little town by the sea. Cute market in the town centre selling local ingredients. If in season pick up some of the famous Menton lemons (apparently juicier than regular ones).

8. Eat socca

There are loads of places selling this local speciality: a pancake made out of chickpea flour. It should be slightly crunchy crisp on the edges and soft and moist in the middle. Served pretty much straight up apart from a heavy dusting of black pepper.

If you fancy making it at home Ottolenghi has a great recipe.

9. Confiserie Florian

Workshop confiserie Florian.

Confit pears dipped in dark chocolate.

A drive out of Nice into the mountains lies, Confiserie Florian where they transform local products: rose, violettes, citrus fruits into many different sweet treats. Visit them during the week (at the weekend the workshop is empty so no action to see) and they’ll give you a free guided tour (and plenty of things to taste).

10. Wander around Vieux Nice and the market Cours Saleya.

Market cours saleya.

The famous niçois olive, fresh.


Locally made nougat



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5 thoughts on “Ten Nice & surroundings picks

  1. I love Nice – my aunt has an apartment in the old town not far from cours saleya market – a beautiful square and fantastic place to pick up fresh food. These photos make me want to be there now!

  2. Hi Rachel,

    I really enjoy your work it’s all very inspiring. I’m a big seafood fan!Croatia is also great for seafood!My twin sister who’s also a chef cooked paella last night for a catering event,the king prawns in it were my favorite. I remember the Parisian shop windows filled with the amazing patisseries just like Nice’s but never have I seen a marzipan shop window, so amazing to see what creative things are out there.there. I’m also a chef:)I’m baking lots of cakes currently, Gluten free ones to. I’ve recently discovered rice flour, the smell and taste is delicious. There was a great Ice cream shop in Prague also, which your ice cream post have reminded me of, love the confit pears dipped in dark chocolate and cherry ice cream to 🙂

    Thank you,


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